I love cars, specially sport cars and to celebrate this passion of such motoring craftsmanship, here is a list of the most legendary drives. Tell me what’s your favourite one!
Bugatti Veyron 16.4
If God owned a super car, it would be a Bugatti Veyron. And he wouldn’t just drive on Sundays. With its luxurious length of 4.47 m, the Veyron is a perfectly balanced combination of high-powered performance and sleek, racy design. Even at complete standstill, the car’s enormous power is made visible by its impressive mid-engine, elevated majestically beneath the chassis. Simultaneously, the Veyron’s bold proportions, well-balanced surfaces, and clear line structures give an impression of pure, sleek elegance.
The design of the Veyron honors a great heritage without drifting off into retro style. Every detail of the classic two-tone color scheme, a quote from the 1920s and 1930s, has been carefully thought out, resulting in the typical Bugatti profile with the classic, contrasting ellipsis – the stylistic element used by Ettore Bugatti himself. Not everyone loves it, of course. Mclaren F1 designer Mr Gordon Murray described its creation as “the most pointless exercise on the planet”.
This supercar was designed and created to translate racing car techonology to the road. Furthermore, it was built with only the most essential systems and in many regards is a supercar with functional simplicity. It was also the last car developed and built under Enzo Ferrari’s direct supervision before he died. According to Mr Jeremy Clarkson, the Ferrari F40 is not just a super car; it is the supercar. For a 25-year-old machine that the Italians put together in just 12 months to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
Ironically, in order to save weight the F40 was so stripped down and basic – no stereo, no electric windows, not even proper door handles – that it felt and drove more like a racing car. And that was the whole point, making it the world’s first road-legal car ti hit a top speed of more than 200mph.
In 1988 Mclaren set about designing the greatest road car the world has ever seen. Four years later the F1 confirmed that, as a super car creator, it was in a league of its own. The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies; it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars, despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver’s seat located in the centre (and slightly forward) of two passengers’ seating positions, providing driver visibility superior to that of a conventional seating layout. It features a powerful engine and is somewhat track oriented, but not to the degree that it compromises everyday usability and comfort. It was conceived as an exercise in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car.
Despite not having been designed as a track machine, a modified race car edition of the vehicle won several races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, where it faced purpose-built prototype race cars. Production began in 1992 and ended in 1998. In all, 106 cars were manufactured, with some variations in the design. Money was no object, with an engine bay lined with gold foil, while it was the fastest production car ever built, the first to have a fully carbon fibre monocoque, and even offered a unique central driving position. And just to demonstrate how far ahead of the field it was, in 1998 it registered a top speed of 240mph. It remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world.
Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing”
The 300SL was the fastest production car of its day really doesn’t mean that much…. until you consider quite how fast 160mph was in 1954. This car was introduced as a two.seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster.
An incredible achievement, but one rendered inconsequential by a design of such utterly timeless beauty that it probably wouldn’t matter if it didn’t even move. The crowning glory of the 300SL remains the gulling doors – once of the automotive world’s most unforgettable silhouettes.
Was a sports car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1966 and 1972. The car is widely considered ti have begun the trend of high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports car. At launch, it was the fatest production road car available. The Miura was originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, who designed the car in their spare time against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who showed a preference towards producing powerful yet sedate grand touring cars, rather than the racecar-derived machines produced by local rival Ferrari.
When its rolling chassis was presented at the 1965 Turin auto show, and the prototype P400 debuted at the 1966 Geneva show, the car received a stellar reception from showgoers and motoring press alike, who were impressed by Marcello Gandini’s sleek styling as well as the car’s revolutionary design.
Ferrari 250 GTO
For the 250 GTO, created in 1962 to complete on the GT racing circuit, Ferrari took the chassis of the 250 GT SWB, installed the 3-litre V12 engine from the Testa Rossa, and let designer Mr. Sergio Scaglietti loose on a wooden frame with sheets of aluminum and a hammer.
Consequently, each of the 39 GTOs were slightly different or, as Ferrari enthusiasts will tell you, all the more perfect for their imperfections. Nowadays, the ultra-rare classic Ferrari is also the second most expensive car ever sold in the world after it changed hands for £20.2 million.
No one could ever accuse Mr. Horacio Pagani of being subtle. When the former Lamborghini engineer set up his own carbon fibre-inspired super car company, his aim was to create a car inspired by the Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrows and with the perfect mix of art and automotive science.
The result, in 1999, was a unique, flame-spewing, wingless fighter plane that is able to omelet with anything on four wheels. Aggressive, imposing, inspiring and outrageous, it is a car capable of taking your breath away, the blowing your mind.It debuted in 1999 and production ended in 2001
Ford GT 40
Back in the early 1960s, Mr. Henry Ford II had a dream: he wanted one of his cars to race at Le Mans. So he went to the competition. He tried (and failed) to buy Ferrari, negotiated with Lotus, and ultimately recruited Lola designer Mr. Eric Broadley. The result, unveiled in 1964, was the incredible GT 40.
So called because it was just 40 inches high at the windscreen, this V8 dream machine not only got Ford to Le Mans; it also ended Ferrari’s stranglehold on the race, sweeping to four consecutive victories between 1966 and 1969.
For boys of a certain vintage, the 1974 Lamborghini Countach was their bedroom wall. But for them, the fact that such an astonishing slab of Italuan automotive beauty actually existed in the real works didn’t matter.
What did matter was its mind-blowing scissor doors, Mr. Marcello Gandini-designed flying wedge shape, and the fact that its name, Countach, doesn’t have a direct English translation. It was simply a regional Italian expression to describe one’s astonishment at the looks of a gorgeous woman.
Porsche 911 Turbo
No supercar list would be complete without the Porsche 911. Essentially the same distinctively designed rear-engined machine created by Mr. Ferdinand Porsche and unveiled by the Germans in 1963, over the years this curvaceous piece of perfection has been tweaked and improved but at its heart it remains the same. Its legendary status was assured in 1974 when Porsche introduced the first turbocharged engine. Coupled with its muscular styling, gigantic spoiler and thrilling handling, it became a bona fide driving classic.